Wind Farm Noise Assessment

The TNEI noise team have extensive knowledge of wind farm noise assessment having assessed projects ranging in size from a single turbine to large scale Section 36 developments (50MW+) in England, Scotland and Wales. We provide input at all stages of the process from initial desktop studies and baseline surveys through to detailed assessments, planning submissions, compliance monitoring and support for Appeals and Public Inquiries.

The ten strong TNEI noise team have undertaken over one hundred and thirty full ETSU-R-97 wind farm noise assessments and several hundred smaller assessments for sites all over the UK. The location of some of the projects TNEI have worked on is shown here.

Our wind farm noise consultants work for a range of clients including major onshore wind developers, utility companies, private landowners and Local Planning Authorities. As well and undertaking noise assessments for proposed developments TNEI also undertake reviews of third party assessments for developers and Local Authorities.

Wind farm projects are often subject to high levels of scrutiny by Local Planning Authorities and third parties. Due to the high profile of proposed developments it is increasingly common for projects to end up at Public Inquiry. TNEI always look to provide robust technical services to ensure that the assessments are defensible throughout the planning process and at Public Inquiry if and when required. To find out more about TNEI’s Expert Witness Services please click here. TNEI can provide the following services in relation to wind farm noise:

  • Initial feasibility assessments to identify how noise may constrain a site;
  • Consultation with Local Planning Authorities Environmental Health Departments;
  • Assistance with scoping reports;
  • Background noise monitoring undertaken in accordance with ETSU-R-97 The Assessment and Rating of Noise from Wind Farms;
  • Assessment of various layout options (TNEI also run wind farm design days);
  • Cumulative wind farm noise assessments;
  • Production of detailed noise assessments and environmental statement / report chapters;
  • Production of noise related planning conditions;
  • Assessment of potential wind turbine options and low noise mode requirements;
  • Reviews of third party noise assessments;
  • Wind farm noise expert witness services;
  • Compliance monitoring assessments to determine whether wind farms are operating in accordance with noise related planning conditions;
  • Noise complaint investigation;
  • Wind Farm noise training days for developers and Local Authorities.